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IronPlanet Announces Cat Auction in Houston

IronPlanet, an online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets, rolls in to the Houston area on Feb. 1 for its first major Cat Auction Services Unreserved Public Auction of the of the year.

(L-R) Pictured are Pete Moolah, heavy fleet service manager, and Daniel Gasca, auto parts specialist, from the Miami-Dade Internal Services Department fleet. Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Creates Technician Trainee Program

The Miami-Dade County (Fla.) fleet has a new program to help it overcome its heavy equipment technician recruitment problems. Fleet Director Alex Alfonso explains how fleet staff created the program and how it works.

Chevin Predicts Better Fleet Software Integration, ‘Smart’ Data Utilization

Chevin Fleet Solutions, a global provider of web-based fleet and asset management software, outlined several predictions for fleet software trends for 2017, including intelligent utilization of a wider variety of data, improved integration, and increased use of mobile devices.

Magellan's Return-to-Route Earns Tech Award

Magellan's Return-to-Route smart routing solution has been honored with a Best of CES 2017 TWICE Picks award in car technology, the company announced.

Photo of Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

GM Growing Lineup of B20 Biodiesel Vehicles

General Motors' lineup of 19 diesel-powered vehicles will reach 20 with the launch of its new Class 4 to 5 straight truck it's co-developing with Navistar – all of them approved for use with B20, a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% ultra-low sulfur diesel.

Diesel Prices Fall After Six Weeks of Hikes

Diesel prices finally dropped after a month and half straight of weekly increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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Sacramento Switches to Gasoline Ambulances Amid Driver Complaints

The City of Sacramento, Calif., is speeding up its vehicle replacements. A few weeks ago, the Sacramento Fire Department retired six diesel ambulances after firefighters complained about headaches and dizziness.

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Snap-On Releases Full-Line Catalog

The new Snap-on full-line catalog showcases its wide range of diagnostic platforms to help customers find the perfect tool for them, whether they are just getting started or are the top technician in the repair shop.

Photo courtesy of GM.

GM Invests $1B in U.S. Manufacturing

General Motors is investing $1 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations and will move production of axles for its pickup trucks from Mexico, the company announced on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

Photo of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy via Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr.

EPA Maintains Fuel Economy Standards Through 2025

The EPA expects that automakers will raise fuel economy 10 mpg higher than the current fleet average by model year 2025.

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Louisville to Build Consolidated Public Works Facility

Louisville Metro in Kentucky will soon begin construction on a public works facility that will be used to park and maintain vehicles, store salt and brine, and house other operations.

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Mass. to Study Higher EV Purchases

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts plans to study the feasibility of incorporating more electric vehicles into its fleet, in addition to measures to increase zero-emission vehicle use within the commonwealth.

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DOT Report Reveals $926 Billion Infrastructure Need

The nation’s highway and transit systems need to overcome a nearly trillion-dollar investment backlog, according to a new report on the state of America’s transportation infrastructure commissioned by the Department of Transportation.

Safety Tip: Jump-Starting the Right Way

AAA provides advice on how to safely jump-start a dead vehicle battery.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Caprice PPV courtesy of GM.

GM to Discontinue Chevrolet Caprice PPV

General Motors will cease production of its Chevrolet Caprice PPV after building the rear-wheel drive patrol car for seven model years in Australia.

IronPlanet Real-Time Tech to Streamline Auction

IronPlanet is adding real-time on-site event management and mobile connectivity features to several aspects of an upcoming sale at its Florida Cat Auction Services Unreserved Public Auction.

DME-fueled Pinnacle tractor waited at Mack's Allentown customer center last fall for test to begin. Photos: Tom Berg

New York City's Sanitation Department Begins DME Test

DSNY will run the Mack tractor at the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, New York, and evaluate performance and overall drivability of the engine burning Oberon dimethyl ether fuel.

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Ga. City Considers In-House Maintenance

The City of Augusta, Ga., may take on maintenance in-house in an effort to cut costs. Currently, the city outsources fleet maintenance but city commissioners want to know if it would be cheaper bringing maintenance in-house.

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel courtesy of FCA.

EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions

The U.S. EPA has accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years.

Photo courtesy of City of Orlando

Orlando Cuts Fuel Use from Idling

The City of Orlando has saved over 400,000 gallons of fuel in one year through a number of fuel-saving measures, including idle reduction technology in its law enforcement vehicles.

Photo of 2016 Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford.

Ford to Release Two Pursuit-Rated Hybrid Vehicles

Ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford announced it will offer two new pursuit-rated hybrid-electric police vehicles by 2020.

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Mass. Strips Emergency Lighting from Fleet Vehicles

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s administration has stripped 30 vehicles of their blue emergency lights after they were deemed unnecessary.

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Conn. City to Upgrade Police Fleet After Vehicle Fire

The City of New Haven, Conn., hopes to update its police fleet after a patrol car caught on fire. In addition to an aging fleet, with most cars over 14 years old, the police department has fewer people to maintain its vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo USA.

CARB Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG E-450

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has certified Landi Renzo to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2017 model year Ford E-450 cutaway van, which now makes it legal to convert the vehicle to CNG in the U.S.

The new CNG pumps will be used for the city's 11 refuse trucks. Photo courtesy of City of Tempe

Ariz. City Adds CNG Station for Refuse Trucks

The City of Tempe, Ariz., has built a compressed natural gas (CNG) station on its Public Works facility for its 11 CNG refuse trucks. Fleet Manager Kevin Devery said the city expects annual savings of $5,000 per truck.

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